Our Management Development Programme is an intensive programme that is broken into placements, each lasting 6 months.
You will work in different areas of the business developing unique skills and knowledge in each, ready to take on a Management role at the end of your placements.
The Management Development Programme is based in our Central London office or our office in the Scottish Borders, with the chance to travel extensively.
You will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in many areas of the business, including:
“The exposure and experience offered both internally, across business functions and, externally within the wider fashion industry, is a key attraction of Lyle & Scott’s Management Development Programme.
During my time on the Management Development Programme I worked in three business ‘pillars’: Sports, Retail and Footwear & Licensing, later completing a further rotation in the support function - Analytics.
Inspirational leadership combined with exposure to a wealth of valuable and pertinent experiences, helped to nurture my passion for Retail. I graduated from the programme with a permanent position as Retail Manager and have since progressed into the role of the Head of Retail. Huge responsibilities accompany such opportunities, but the investment shown by the organisation is what makes its special.
“Inspirational leadership combined with exposure to a wealth of valuable and pertinent experiences, helped to nurture my passion for Retail. I graduated from the programme with a permanent position as Retail Manager and have since progressed into the role of the Head of Retail.”
From day one I have remained surprised – and delighted – by the level of trust granted to me. No two days are ever the same…expectations are always high, and timeframes can be tight. But the experience gained and continuous challenge counters all of this, for example, organising a two-day conference for 100+ delegates, the launch of a franchise model and opening an international store. The intrinsic rewards are priceless and the programme is an incredible professional development opportunity. “
“After 3 years I successfully completed the Management Development Programme and graduated with a fixed position as a Procurement Manager. I gained a tremendous amount of experience on the programme which equipped me for my new role.
“Being part of the MDP programme was an invaluable part of my life. I am extremely fortunate to have been exposed to many aspects of the business world at an early stage in my career.”
Being part of the MDP programme was an invaluable part of my life. I am extremely fortunate to have been exposed to many aspects of the business world at an early stage in my career. Daily I gained expertise from a wide range of people across the business, which is a unique opportunity.
I worked in a number of different areas of the business including eCommerce, Analytics, Finance, Production, Merchandising, Product Development, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service.
For my final rotation I was privileged in managing my own team, where I led and developed individuals while providing exceptional service to all our stakeholders both internally and externally.
I cherish the MDP journey and if I could I would do it all over again.”
“The level of trust & scope of opportunity afforded to myself and my fellow MDP’s within the first ten months of being on the programme has been staggering.
My first rotation was taking care of Lyle & Scott’s rich Archive, immersing myself in the history of the company. Through cataloguing & digitising the contents of the Archive, I created resources for the rest of the business to call upon. A particular highlight for me is seeing how Archive garments have inspired pieces in the Design team’s current collections.
Being given full responsibility for an area of the business allowed me to specialise, gaining knowledge which continues to serve me & the business since I finished that rotation.
“The level of trust & scope of opportunity afforded to myself and my fellow MDP’s within the first ten months of being on the programme has been staggering.”
Whilst completing my first rotation I was also offered the opportunity to visit one of our factories in Turkey to complete quality control checks on our products at the point of manufacture. This was a fantastic opportunity to see a side of the business that most in the company do not experience.
Within my second rotation, I have had the opportunity to travel internationally to complete market research. I’m also currently working on implementing a CRM system which would be used cross-departmentally.
Finally, during our time on the programme, myself and my fellow cohort of MDP’s have supported on two Go To Market events. These events are where our newest collection is presented to our international agents & distributors. Having the opportunity to present during the second event in Marrakech was truly a highlight of my nascent career & one that I won’t forget quickly.”
“In the short 10 months I’ve been here I’ve experienced both immense personal and professional growth.
The programme helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses by putting you out of your comfort zone. You learn to utilise those strengths and build upon your weaknesses to improve your character.
“The programme helps you to identify your strengths and weaknesses by putting you out of your comfort zone. You learn to utilise those strengths and build upon your weaknesses to improve your character.”
The responsibility, trust and support you are given is incredible. Despite just joining the business, I feel like I can make a real difference and that my input is valued. The culture here is that of one family. People want to see you succeed in every aspect, and because of that they are also the first to tell you how you can improve on something. I would be lying if I said it was plain sailing! - but the challenge is what builds you and keeps it exciting.
What I love most about working here is that no two days are the same. I’ve gone from organising huge company events, managing retail operations for 4 UK stores, to travelling to amazing locations like Morocco for company launches – to name a few! It helps bring out qualities and skills you never knew you had.
I am currently working as a support to the CEO, I have certainly had to put on several different hats within the business for this role. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the journey takes me.”
Coming into the Management Development Programme with a background in Finance, I had little idea of what to expect. After 10 months, it has exceeded all my expectations and feel like I have developed more in this short space of time than I ever have.
My first rotation in Wholesale put me out of my comfort zone but I learnt to utilise strengths that I never knew existed. The great aspect of this programme is that you are chucked into the deep end and this is exactly what happened to me when I was told to hold buying meetings for some of our largest accounts. It’s a great responsibility to be given at such an early stage in starting the programme and one that is valuable and allows you to grow.
"My only advice to anyone applying is to be yourself. I know it sounds cliché and I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before but it’s the only way to succeed at Lyle & Scott"
A personal highlight for me was presenting at our Spring/Summer ‘20 Seasonal Launch in Marrakech. It was filled with late nights, early mornings and hard work but it’s not often you are able to travel to incredible locations. ‘Good work means more work’ is one of our sayings at Lyle & Scott and this could not be truer. If you have any expectations before joining, expect to work hard.
I am currently working in E-Commerce and am responsible for managing 4 separate projects. Time management is critical and a role such as this fast tracks you to develop managerial skills.
“My first rotation on the Management Development Programme was as eCommerce Trading Manager. It was great to be given such a huge responsibility from the offset with projects to work on. I was trusted with executing a Christmas Catalogue which was a new path to reach our end customer that was previously unexplored. I was able to oversee everything from the photoshoot to the printing which was a great experience. I had no prior experience in eCommerce and I felt I walked away with so much knowledge!
“I have gained invaluable experience of the wider business and it has really offered me a unique opportunity to observe how many of the different business units depend upon each other.”
I am now currently working as Trainee Warehouse Manager based in our Scottish Borders location. Having had no idea of what I wanted to do, I never expected to work in Warehousing & Operations. However, I have gained invaluable experience of the wider business and it has really offered me a unique opportunity to observe how many of the different business units depend upon each other. Taking this experience with me, I am excited to see what my next rotation will be!
Even after only 10 months so far on the programme, I can already see my skillset expanding having been exposed to parts of the business I never imagined. One of the best things about Lyle & Scott is the culture and the diverse people that work here. Which is why my favourite thing about the Management Development Programme is that you get to know everyone in the business and work with people of all different backgrounds and expertise – it is really key to understanding the business as a whole.”
Aside from the usual uploading of your CV, we would like you to show us an insight into who you are as a person, what you are passionate about and what makes you exceptional!
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Bear in mind we are an innovative brand with big ambitions – we want you to think outside the box.
Show your commercial acumen and how you have demonstrated this in the past.
Show you’re prepared for the £100,000 challenge.
What makes you our next purple cow?
If your application is successful, you will be invited to an assessment day on the 15th August in our London HQ.
Applications Close on 1st August 2019
Applications are now open. If you have any questions please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org